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Paris Attacks — NO! We Can't Blame Edward Snowden and Encryption for Terror Attacks

Paris Attacks — NO! We Can't Blame Edward Snowden and Encryption for Terror Attacks
November 17, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Terrorist groups are increasingly using high-grade, advanced end-to-end encryption technologies so that no law enforcement can catch them. The deadliest terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people were the latest example of it. How did the Terrorists Communicate and Organize the Plot? The Paris terrorists almost certainly used difficult-to-crack encryption technologies to organize the plot – locking law enforcement out, FBI Director James B. Comey told Congress Wednesday. Also Read:   ISIS Calls Anonymous "IDIOTS" in response to their "Total war" Cyber Threat . The ISIS mastermind behind the Friday's Paris massacre is identified to be Abdelhamid Abaaoud , who is based in Syria. So to transmit his plans to the suicide bombers and gunmen, he would have made use of secure communication to keep law enforcement out. FBI's Comey believes ISIS is making use of popular social media platforms to reach out to potential recruits and smartphone messaging app

#ParisAttacks — Anonymous declares War on ISIS: 'We will Hunt you Down!'

#ParisAttacks — Anonymous declares War on ISIS: 'We will Hunt you Down!'
November 16, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Following the bloody terror attacks in Paris where over 130 people were killed, the hacktivist collective Anonymous has declared total war against the Islamic State ( IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL ). Anonymous released a video message, posted in French, on YouTube Sunday announcing the beginning of #OpParis , a coordinated campaign to hunt down ISIS's social media channels and every single supporter of the jihadist group online. Also Read:  NO, We Can't Blame Edward Snowden and Encryption for Terror Attacks . The combat mission #OpParis was announced as revenge for the recent ISIS terror attacks that took place in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015. Anonymous to ISIS: 'We will Hunt you Down!' Behind its signature Guy Fawkes mask, the group's spokesperson speaking in French said, "Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared." "You should know that we will find you, and we will not let yo

Researchers to Share Details of Cyber-Terrorists Targeting Indian Government Officials

Researchers to Share Details of Cyber-Terrorists Targeting Indian Government Officials
August 08, 2015Wang Wei
The Potential threat, range from very narrow to very broad, posed by Cyber-Terrorism has provoked considerable alarm. Terrorists involved in Cyber Espionage and Operations aim at gaining access to Nation's critical infrastructure involving both Government as well as Private sectors. The Frequency and Intensity of such Cyber-attacks are increasing rapidly and extending into absolute cyber-war between states, allowing terrorist organizations to pilfer data from financial and military organizations. Similar Incident happened, few months back, when a group of Middle-east terrorists tried to infiltrate Indian Government officials operational in Cyber related divisions. In response, a team of Independent Indian security researchers planned a counter operation to track down the terrorist organization behind the cyber attack. Shesh Sarangdhar , a security researcher at Seclabs & Systems Pvt. told The Hacker News that his team successfully penetrated the sourc

Latest Al-Qaeda Magazine content hacked by Western intelligence agencies

Latest Al-Qaeda Magazine content hacked by Western intelligence agencies
May 17, 2013Mohit Kumar
New issue of English-language al-Qaeda magazine posted on the terror group's website earlier this week linked to the Boston terrorist attacks has possibly been hacked by Western intelligence agencies and its content beyond its cover page was scrambled. The magazine, produced by al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which regularly includes how-to instructions for followers to carry out terrorist attacks in the West, has received significant scrutiny in recent weeks. Investigators believe that Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev accessed Inspire magazine, and the material had instructions on bomb-making, a law enforcement official said.  According to analysts , the explosive devices the Boston bombers built had striking similarities to a bomb recipe in the first issue of the magazine, " How to build a bomb in your Mom's kitchen ", that has been downloaded by militants in multiple Islamist terrorist plots. Previous issu

Hacker charged for funding terrorist groups

Hacker charged for funding terrorist groups
February 07, 2013Mohit Kumar
A hacker 'Cahya Fitrianta' sentenced to eight years in prison by the West Jakarta District Court judges for hacking into many economic websites to steal money and funding that money to terrorist groups. He is also ordered to pay a Rp 500 million ($51,000) fine. He is charged with breaking into many sites, for running online fraud of billions of dollars and fund that money to terrorist training in Poso, Central Sulawesi. Cahya was arrested in May last year in a Bandung hotel. The defendant, along with another man, Rizki Gunawan. Police in May arrested Rizki, accusing him of hacking a marketing firm's website to steal money in order to fund militant training. They both accused of channeling money to terrorism suspect Umar Patek , who was sentenced this year to 20 years for his role in the 2002 Bali bombing. " Aside from engaging in a vicious conspiracy, the defendant was also found guilty of laundering money, which he obtained from hacking the www.speedline.co
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